Dear Friends of Orchestral Music

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2022. We are cautiously looking forward to a wonderful music filled year ahead with concerts opening up.

We urge you to renew your memberships to FOM if you have not yet done so, at just R200 per person. Every cent goes towards our support of music in Cape Town and really makes a difference.  For more information and sign up form, do visit our website

Great news is that the first concert of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with David Juritz at the City Hall has sold out and the next one on 27th is filling up fast. But – there has been another spoke in the works – following the recent fire at Parliament, government are taking over the City Hall from 1 February – so the third concert in the season is now postponed until further notice. If you have booked for this concert, you will be receiving an email in this regard.   Rules are also strict around access to the City Hall which is why rehearsals have not yet opened up, but we are hoping by the next season, further steps will be made as to how concerts are able to run for the future.  We applaud the orchestra for its tenacity in finding ways to keep the music playing on.

Other items for your diary: Pianist Gustavo Romero is presenting all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas across 7 concerts from January 24 to February 11 at the Baxter Concert Hall.  The festival is a collaboration with the Cape Town Concert Series and programme details can be found at Tickets from Webtickets: He is also taking a break from Beethoven on Saturday 29th where he will be performing a programme of Chopin, Sibelius, Chaminade and more at La Motte in Franschhoek. Details from

An exciting new chamber music initiative also starts with the Cape Chamber Music Collective performing at Spin Street this Wednesday 19th and Erin Hall on Sunday 23rd. They will present piano quartets by Brahms, Mahler and van Dijk.  The Collective has a number of innovative chamber music projects lined up for 2022 with different artists featured each time. This concert features Tertia Visser-Downie, Graham du Plessis, Stephanie Lawrenson and violinist Jeffrey Armstrong who received much support from the Friends of Orchestral Music over the years. For more information visit:

Lastly, part of our donation to Fine Music Radio in 2021 has meant that they are able to broadcast the National Youth Music Competition which took place in December.  The broadcast will be this coming Sunday 23rd January at 3pm. Fine Music Radio is now the only full-time classical music radio station in the country and the National Youth Music Competition is one of the most prestigious – not least for the fact that the 6 finalists all get to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tune in to 101.3fm or Dstv838 or via the internet on to hear some of South Africa’s finest rising stars.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to seeing you at a live event soon.Kind regards

Friends of Orchestral Music
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